Feral Child is Chee Malabar’s immigrant story. Bombay born and Baroda raised, Chee immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. The songs on Feral Child are cast against the backdrop of the early to mid 90’s and touches on themes of isolation, angst, and bewilderment as experienced by a newly immigrated family to Urban America.
Feral Child weaves a picture from every dimension of Chee’s life at that time. The first three songs reveal the pain and tension of being uprooted and trying to find firm footing in a new country, while the second two reflect on these experiences with some distance to explain how the MC-figure within Chee eventually took shape and tried to made sense of all of this.
What Chee ultimately discovers during this time is the power of language—this is at the heart of this collection of songs and the resolution to the unsettling nature of his story.
Chee Malabar is a Los Angeles based rapper and writer.
Born in Bombay and raised in Baroda, India, Chee Malabar immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve, landing in San Francisco first and then New York. Inspired by the parallels between his own life and rap music’s themes of bewilderment and alienation, Chee immediately gravitated to hip-hop as a tool for navigating through his newfound American life.
Chee Malabar’s musical resume includes seven albums: three with Himalayan Project, followed by an LP and EP with Oblique Brown and three albums under his own moniker. Chee’s previous efforts are an exploration of the immigrant experience, love, relationships, politics, and art.
His latest release, Feral Child, is Chee Malabar’s immigrant story. The songs on Feral Child are cast against the backdrop of the early to mid 90’s and touches on themes of isolation, angst, and bewilderment as experienced by a newly immigrated family to Urban America.
Most recently, Chee was one of the subjects in a monograph by Dr. Nitasha Sharma of Northwestern University that explores aspects of American identity.
In addition to music, Chee has contributed several essays and multimedia pieces to books and literary magazines. Recently, Chee completed his MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College and is finishing his first novel.